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Deer Cause Early Morning I-66 Smash-Up

by ARLnow.com April 19, 2011 at 9:54 am 2,795 60 Comments

A series of accidents shut down westbound I-66 near Sycamore Street this morning.

WUSA is reporting that the highway was closed from 5:00 to 6:30 a.m. due to multiple chain-reaction crashes caused by deer running onto the roadway.

Deer-vehicle collisions are becoming increasingly common in the United States. Between 2007 and 2009, the number of reported crashes involving deer rose 18.3 percent compared to the period five years prior.

  • JamesE

    Those deer need to slowdown and stop running around so recklessly, probably texting and or drunk.

    • CarsSuck

      where are the Cops when you need them. I’m sick and tired of these damn deer JAYWALKING across the interstate. They should have more troopers posted to write tickets and fine these beasts!

      • ClizzleDizzle

        If you cross the street jay walking, I will not stop for you. It is my constitutional right to hit you.

        • mehoo

          Are you talking to CarsSuck, or a deer?

          • ClizzleDizzle

            Sigh, I will add :sarcasm next time.

          • mehoo

            No, it wasn’t a sarcasm problem. I just wanted sarcastic details.

          • ClizzleDizzle

            Oh, okay. In that case, I think that deer are smug lazy lay-around liberals that do nothing for society, live off handouts, preferably given to them by kids. These immoral creatures fornicate out of wedlock. Name one deer, just one who has made a genuine contribution to our society.

          • Southeast Jerome

            thats easy, Bambi

          • mehoo

            Thank you. I am sated.

  • Those things multiply like rabbits and we keep eating up their habitat. Someone needs to teach them to read a map and head west where there is more open space and less people.

    • House them in the Artisphere

      • Bluemontsince1961


  • Bluemontsince1961

    A few years ago I was driving to work and went down the street next to mine to Wilson Blvd. It was dark, I think in November or early December. Right in the middle of N. Kentucky St. was a deer. It stared at me and then moved – luckily I saw its eyes reflecting in my headlights and I was able to stop. It was startling to see a deer in the middle of urban Arlington.

  • Wayne Kubicki

    The animal in question obviously had heard about the EFC rezoning vote on Saturday and was trying to flee the area in advance of construction.

    • Bluemontsince1961


    • NOVApologist

      Or protesting the lack of dedicated deer lanes on Washington Blvd.

  • DT

    Oh deer.

  • CarsSuck

    This wouldn’t have happened if we just widen I-66 and bulldoze dozens of homes and the bike path in the process. If this deer saw 6 lanes of zooming cars along with the Metro rail, he/she/it might’ve just turned around and said “F*c& that, I ain’t going there!”

    • DT

      Widening 66 wouldn’t require any of the things you mention. If you’re going to have an obsession, at least be accurate about it.

      • Maria

        I’m not sure how to type the sound of a joke going over your head… Is *whoosh* appropriate?

        • DT

          See below and the comment in the paint store fire story. It wasn’t meant to be a joke.

      • mehoo

        Yeah, it probably would.

      • CarsSuck

        ok, maybe not widening it by 1 lane… I was thinking long term. Make it 4 or 5 lanes each side with an upper deck for HOV and buses. That should calm traffic for about 15 years before everyone starts b*tchin’ again to have it widened even more.

  • NArl

    let’s hope the police didn’t have to shoot this deer. We all remember the last time they attempted to do this it made national news.

    • CarsSuck

      that’s exactly how it happened, shotgun justice.

  • Deerhunter

    Were they in the HOV lane? If so, obviously on their way to work!

  • kc

    When I lived in Anchorage the problem was moose, not deer. Saw them wandering downtown all the time.

    • cj

      Must have been before the Palin administration.

  • Big Hunt

    Where’s the GoDaddy guy when we need him?

  • Aaron

    Deer are like bicyclists; they think they can do whatever they want and never suffer any of the consequences.

    • mehoo

      You’re like a bigot, you judge an entire group by the actions of a few members.

      • Thankfully not a mehoo…


        • mehoo

          Woosh back!

      • dave

        Aaron’s right. A-town cyclists all run red lights. Every one of them.

        • Carmen

          Not true. Not all.

    • Scofflaw Cyclist

      I think you meant “drivers”… you know, the folks who routinely kill and injure pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers with total legal impunity.

      • bb

        So I can run over cyclists and pedestrians with no consequences? Good to know.

        I guess last week’s story about the kid that was charged with reckless driving and other offenses for running over that woman and her dog should complain to ACPD that they’re charging him with non-crimes…

  • People’s Republic

    Isn’t this really the fault of Lyon Village? Everything else is blamed on the good people of Lyon Village.

    I heard Lyon Village has banned deer so the deer was trying to get away. (The beavers are laughing.)

    • mehoo

      The deer can no longer park in Lyon Village.

      • ClizzleDizzle

        Only the fancy type, the so called red nosed reindeer are still allowed in Lyon Village.

  • Chris


    1 pound boneless venison roast
    4 tablespoons soy sauce
    4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
    1 tablespoon ketchup
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon onion salt
    1/2 teaspoon salt


    1.Slice meat into long strips, 1 inch wide and 1/8 inch thick. In a large releasable plastic bag, combine soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, ketchup, pepper, garlic powder, onion salt and salt. Place meat in, and close bag. Refrigerate overnight. Knead occasionally, to evenly distribute marinade.

    2.Preheat oven to 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Place a pan on the bottom of oven to catch drips, or line with aluminum foil.

    3.Place meat strips on a rack so that they do not touch each other, and dehydrate for 6 to 8 hours in the oven, or until desired consistency is achieved.

    • ArlingtonNative

      (let me know when the jerky is ready … i’ll bring the cold ‘beverage’ to wash it down!)

    • madisonmanor

      Chris – you didn’t indicate whether or not to leave the tread marks on the venison. If I need to remove them, is there a way to do it without the smell of burning rubber?

      • Chris

        Tire tred marks, aka “crispies”, add both flavor and much needed vitamins the jerky would otherwise lack. Also, if you think the marinade may be too salty for your taste, try Onion Powder instead of Onion Salt.

    • Marc

      I just defrosted some venison I harvested in December looking to make some jerky. Thanks for the recipe.

  • AV

    We saw a bunch of deer in Arlington Village the other day. Appear to have crawled under the fence from the country club. The high tailed it back under the fence when they realized they were in Southie! Where they even came from I can’t understand. I get the 66 deer maybe coming up from Spout Run but on the Pike! Them there deers got some cajones!

    • bb

      They probably jumped over the fence. I’ve seen them inside of “deer proof” enclosures more than a few times, and have seen them easily hop over a 6 foot fence with just a vertical leap, no run up or anything.

      I don’t know what the height is of the fence you’re talking about, so I can’t comment as to whether or not they jumped over or got through a gap in the fence.

  • GoVegArlington

    Surprising to hear on 66. But driving the Baltimore-Washington Parkway late night is like driving through a deer park (in my experience, at least). There are deer EVERYWHERE on the side of the road. I can’t believe there aren’t more collisions w/ deer there.
    And while this *has* been a hilarious string of comments, they are no-nonsense if you hit them. I recently had a family friend die from a deer/car collision. So don’t assume the car is going to win that battle!

    • SaintLouisJohn

      I saw a deer driving a car recently on the BW myself, I can see how that would cause a hell of wreck. They wouldn’t keep their eyes on the road.

      • GoVegArlington

        Har dee har har. I knew it was coming. 🙂

      • mehoo

        What’s the problem? They are clearly HOV-2 eligible.

  • CarsSuck

    I’m very impressed for once with the readers here. 46 comments so far and nobody has yet grumbled or complained why VSP and ACFD completely shut down the roadway. Good job ARLnow readers!

    • Maria

      True, but amazingly some people did, in all seriousness, start to make this about pedestrians/cyclists/drivers for the 19473457th time.

    • Hobby

      I agree that it is a great idea to shut down an interstate highway for fender benders.

  • Lou

    Deer get crazy this time of year. Last week I saw one bolt half way across Wisconsin Ave and almost get hit by a car. It tried to stop, all four legs went out from under it and it almost slid under the car. Then it got up and ran full speed down the side walk for about a block and disappeared behind the Safeway.

  • gringo

    This is one reason I don’t speed. Neither does my wife. People get annoyed with us. Maybe I’m still going too fast to dodge the deer; but I have less chance of being in the “chain reaction” crashes mentioned here. Peace, and safe driving.

  • Ali

    54 responses and no one asked if they had Maryland plates???

    • dodstd

      Deer have license plates?

      • CarsSuck

        Deer from Maryland? Illegal migration, sneaking in near the Chain Bridge under the dark of night. Where’s the INS when you need them?

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